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Sharon Kaye Bierman - 4/28/2014

Sharon Kaye Bierman

Sharon Kaye Bierman, age 73, of Centralia, passed away at 8:45 am on Monday, April 21, 2014 at her home in Centralia, Illinois.  She was homemaker. She was lifelong Centralia resident. She was member of Church of Christ 161 East.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, April 28, 2014 at Church of Christ 161 East in Centralia. With Minister Stephen Nail officiating.Friends may call at time of service. Irvin Funeral Home in Centralia, who is in charge of arrangements. Please visit irvinfuneralhome.com to leave an online condolence for the family.

She was preceded in death by her Parents, Stepfather- Gilbert Links, 3 Brothers- Johnny Dewayne Bierman, Robert Eugene Bierman, David Leon Bierman, Sister- Marilyn Howell, and Cousin- Jacqueline Yates.

She was born on June 1, 1940 in Centralia, IL, the daughter of John Henry & Hazel (Morgan) Bierman. Mrs. Bierman is survived by her Son- Joseph Leon Bierman of Centralia, IL; Sister in Law- Ida Rose Bierman of New Hampshire.

Velma M. Jackson - 4/27/2014

Velma M. Jackson, age 98, of Alma, IL. died Wednesday April 23rd, 2014, at the Dr. Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Salem.

Funeral arrangements for Velma Jackson are pending at the Rankin Funeral Home where friends may inquire

James L. Scott Jr. - 4/26/2014

James L. Scott Jr.

James L. Scott Jr., age 46, of Jonesboro, Ga, formerly of Centralia, passed away at 10:18 am on Sunday, April 20, 2014 at his mother’s home surrounded by his loving family in Centralia, Illinois.  He worked as cook at restaurant. He was member of Rick’s Chapel AME Zion Church.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Rick’s Chapel AME. Zion Church. Interment will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery. Friends may call on Saturday from 9-1m at the church. For those who wish, memorials may be made to Rick’s Chapel AME Zion Church, and will be accepted at the Irvin Funeral Home in Centralia, who is in charge of arrangements. Please visit irvinfuneralhome.com to leave an online condolence for the family.

Mr. Scott is survived by his wife; Mother- Marilyn Scott of Centralia,Il; Son- Javante Scott of Jonesboro, Ga; Daughters-Jamica Scott of Centralia, Il; Nakisha Scott of Centralia, Il; Jamesha Scott of Centralia, Il; Ahkilah Scott of Jonesboro, Ga; Alohn Scott of Jonesboro, Ga; Brothers- Keith Peoples of Mt. Vernon, Il; Michael Scott & wife Selena of Centralia, Il; Sister- Tosha Rogers of San Diego,Ca; Stepchildren- Sharde Sharkey of Centralia, Il; Terry Turner of Mt. Vernon, Il; Lynn Turner of Mt. Vernon, Il; Champagne Turner of Mt. Vernon, Il; Keith Rowland of Mt. Vernon, Il; Grandchildren- Jamia, Jeremy, Jayia, Ariyah, Anaya, Alaya; Uncles- Tanaka Birdo of Minneapolis, Mn; William Birdo- Los Angeles, Ca; Roger Scott of Centralia, Il; Aunts- Lena B. Atkins of St. Louis, Mo; Joannette White of Detroit, Mi; Bertha Norris & husband Travis of Bloomington, Il; Rosetta Brown of Atlanta, Ga; Evelyn Stalls & husband Calvin of Centralia, Il; Mary Birdo of Centralia, Il; Also survived by a host of other relatives & friends.

He was born on March 19, 1968 in Centralia, IL, the son of James Scott Sr. & Marilyn (Birdo) Scott. James married Alanna (Griffin) Scott on May 18, 2008 in Jonesboro, Ga. She still survives in Jonesboro.  He was preceded in death by his Father, Brother- Carlos Scott Sr.

Birdie Lee Earnest - 4/25/2014

Birdie Lee Earnest, age 98, of Odin, IL died April 20th, 2014 at Odin Care Center.  A retired employee of MacLean Fogg in Mundelein, IL, she was of the Baptist faith.

A memorial service for Birdie Lee Earnest will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday at the Rankin Funeral Home in Salem.  Burial will take place at a later date at Union Grove Cemetery, Flatwoods, AL.  The family will meet friends from 10:00 A.M. until the service on Friday.

Survivors include her daughter - Martha Earnest of Hoyleton, IL; two granddaughters - Danette Roethlisberger and Dean Corkerin; 6 great grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Birdie Lee Earnest was born February 14, 1916 in Walker County, AL.  She was the daughter of Brack L. and Mary Alice (Aldridge) Harris who preceded her in death.  She married Robert Junior Earnest and they later divorced.  She was preceded in death by a grandson, Robert Gordon.

Stephanie Angel Nepsha - 4/24/2014

Stephanie Angel Nepsha

Stephanie Angel Nepsha, 36, died on Dec. 31, 2013, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. Ms. Nepsha attended Hawthorn Grade School in Salem and was a 1995 graduate of Centralia High School. She attended Hickey College in St. Louis. Stephanie loved animals and will be forever remembered for her smile.  She was a huge Chicago - Bears Fan and an even bigger Chicago Cubs Fan. 

Celebration of life services will be held at 3:00 pm Sunday, April 27th at the Irvin Funeral Home in Centralia. Visitation will be from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Sunday, April 27th at the funeral home. Online condolences can be made at irvinfuneralhome.com

Survivors include her soulmate, Stephen McConnell; mother and stepfather, Christine and Randy Shelton of Irvington; sister, Jessica V. Nepsha of Chicago; brother, Ron Nepsha and wife Dawn of LaPorte; mother-in-law, Joyce Arquiett of Freeberg; father-in-law, Dan McConnell . and wife Beth of Waterloo; step-grandmother, Barbara Shelton of Henderson, Ky.; step-grandfather, John Shelton of Morganfield, Ky.; and aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, and friends. 

Stephanie Nepsha was born on May 17, 1977 in LaPorte, IN, daughter of Ronald E and Christine M. Nepsha.  She was preceded in death by her father.  

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